“Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.”
Words mean something to God, and they should mean something to you. God says that “every word” that He has written in the Scriptures or spoken on Earth is pure. God never said something on accident, but He spoke every word on purpose. Every word that God wrote in the Scriptures is essential to your life. To add to God’s Word or to take away from His Word is to pervert His Word. This is one reason why the King James Bible is God’s Word because every word in it is God’s inspired and preserved words. However, if God puts such an emphasis on His words, I believe it would be vital to make sure that every word you speak or write is carefully spoken or written. When I look at this chapter, there are several types of words that you must be careful about using.
First, be careful about adding words when relaying conversations or talking about situations. To exaggerate is to lie. You may think that adding words about what happened or to what a person has said is not that big of a deal, but it is a big deal because it changes the story. You must be careful that what you say is exactly what happened.
Second, be careful about missing words. Holding back something that you know is part of a situation is to lie about the situation. Sometimes it is not what you say that makes it a lie, but it is what you don’t say that makes it a lie. Withholding words that complete what has happened is nothing more than lying. If you don’t want to be a liar, you would be wise to tell the whole story.
Third, don’t use condemning words. Using your words to condemn people only hurts you in the long run. I would rather withhold words of condemnation so I can restore an individual than to use condemning words and forfeit an opportunity to help someone.
Fourth, don’t be flippant with your words. Being careless in conversations often leads to bad conversations. You must be purposeful in the words you use so that you don’t become a person who says things that come back to haunt you.
Fifth, don’t use angry and vengeful words. Many people have said things in a fit of anger to have those words become the words that have destroyed a good relationship. Speaking words in a moment of anger often come back to feed you bitter pie. Speaking words in anger to get revenge or to win an argument often becomes landmines that irreparably damage a great relationship.
Sixth, never use lying words. Lying should never be a part of any believer’s conversation. The believer is to be a representative of truth, and to speak lies means you are helping Satan in his work to destroy the work of truth. Make sure every word spoken is a truthful word. Never lie because of convenience. It is better to tell the truth and be hurt than to tell a lie of convenience only to be found out later that you cannot be trusted.
My friend, these are just six types of words you should not speak. There are other words like conceited words, cursing words, and piercing words that must also be avoided. The way to avoid saying the wrong thing is to be slow to speak, and to speak every word on purpose. When words are used wisely and properly, they will become a shield to protect you and your character when others attack you.